Wroclaw, Dwarfs and the Orange Alternative

Continuing my Cornish Bird’s travel adventures! They do let me out of the county sometimes! Wroclaw has been described, like so many other watery places, as the Venice of Poland. With 130 bridges connecting its twelve islands the city does seem afloat. The river Oder encircles the buoyant old town and it was its powerful […]

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Stalin’s Boots: Momento Park, Hungary

Close to Budapest in Hungary is Momento Park. This unusual open air museum, a few miles outside the city, is a kind of bizarre graveyard for communist statues. These enormous bronze relics now lying amongst the dandelions, or else re-erected on plain stone plinths, have been saved. Gathered up from across Hungary, and placed here […]

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The Stone circles of The Gambia, West Africa

Wassu stone circles

You might say that this post is a little bit overdue. When I visited the stone circles in The Gambia, West Africa however, back in 2007, I didn’t have this outlet to describe and share what I had seen. Wassu Stone Circles: Credit Richard Williams The stones circles of the Gambia and Senegal are a […]

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The Giant’s Crossing – Statue of Saint Piran, a journey to Brittany

saint piran statue, giants crossing, valley of the saints brittany

This spring make some time to say farewell to Saint Piran. He is preparing to make another miraculous journey. His passage from Ireland to Cornwall floating on a granite millwheel was a few hundreds years ago and when he drifted ashore on the wild Cornish coast he brought with him christianity and the secret of […]

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‘Duende’ – Authentic Flamenco in Madrid’s Cafetin La Quimera.

The city of Madrid has it’s own life force, it’s own vibrant undercurrent. I felt it in the murderous roar of the crowds inside bull fighting ring and now here in the dark of the Cafetin La Quimera I feel a pulse of it again. The scent of heritage, of passion, of showmanship and of […]

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Survival Guide to the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

Yes I am aware that Stonehenge is not in Cornwall. However firstly I had such a wonderful experience that I wanted to share it and secondly I could find out very little information about the proceedings before I went so I thought that anyone thinking of going another year might like to read my top tips! So this is it […]

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Cornwall & The Nebra Sky Disc

Hanns, the custodian of the hotel shakes our hands warmly.  There are no other guests so he is delighted to tell us we have been ungraded to a better room.  Our window looks out on a typical German street of apartment blocks. The walls now warmly lit red in the setting sun. Halle an der Saale gets […]

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Roadtrip with my Box Brownie

Last week I had to go and fetch my nearest and dearest from Gatwick airport.  Now I will admit I really do love an excuse for a road-trip. I have always loved driving and as soon as I learnt I never looked back.  I think that part of that has to do with growing up in […]

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Seaglass and other treasures

I am a great believer in seeing the beauty in the small things in life, I don’t need the fancy stuff, the lavish meals and five star hotels. A bowl of chips and a tent in a field will do me just fine (so long as there’s mayo and a blow-up mattress). Lately I have […]

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